12 Jan 2018

CENTERLINE BIOMEDICAL  COMPLETES FIFTH STUDY ON IOPS SURGICAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM AT CLEVELAND CLINI

  Endovascular navigation startup Centerline Biomedical has successfully completed a fifth preclinical study at Cleveland Clinic facilities to see how its surgical navigation system, the Intra-Operative Positioning System (IOPS), will perform in the marketplace. The study demonstrated its ability to track IOPS instruments precisely and efficiently with enhanced three-dimensional (3D) visualization and

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11 Jan 2018

FDA APPROVES XABLECATH BLUNT TIP SUPPORT CATHETER

  XableCath’s blunt tip support catheter has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In two clinical investigator-led studies, the device was demonstrated to be a safe, effective, and easy-to-use device, enabling therapeutic options for patients with PAD,” said Johannes Dahm, MD and director of Interventional Cardiology

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06 Jan 2018

STUDY SHOWS STEM CELL TRANSPLANT IS BETTER THAN DRUG THERAPY FOR SCLERODERMA

Photo courtesy of American College of Rheumatology   Adding irradiation before transplant improves long-term results and should change practice    Scleroderma with internal organ involvement is a debilitating and lethal autoimmune disorder with few effective treatments. But a study led by Duke Health researchers has found new cause for optimism using an

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15 Dec 2017

AMERICAN VEIN & VASCULAR INSTITUTE ADDS NEW PHYSICIAN

John Joseph Randono, MD, has joined the phlebology staff of American Vein & Vascular Institute, a network of eight vein and arterial diagnosis and treatment centers in Colorado and Texas. Dr. Randono has more than 30 years medical experience, specifically as a cardiac and thoracic vascular surgeon, and as a

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11 Dec 2017

4 DOCTORS AMONG 20 CHARGED WITH BILKING MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND OTHER MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATIONS OUT OF $146 MILLION

Twenty people — four of whom are doctors — are facing charges related to a massive fraud scheme that bilked Medicare, Medicaid and other managed care organizations out of $146 million. Prosecutors from the Brooklyn District Attorneys Office said the defendants ran an enterprise in which recruiters offered cash to low-income and

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27 Nov 2017

CHINESE ROBOT PASSES CHINA’S MEDICAL LICENSING EXAM

  A Chinese medical robot named Xiaoyi achieved a passing score of 456 on China’s medical licensing exam in early November. A passing score is 360 out of 600. But 456 is an impressive result considering the robot scored 100 in its first practice run. Xiaoyi (which means “little doctor”)

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27 Nov 2017

WHAT’S UP IN THE NEW YEAR? PHYSICIANS RESPOND TO ISSUES FACING THEM IN 2018

By Larry Storer When I recently polled a dozen physician leaders by email about what issues were at the top of their list of the most critical issues facing them in 2018, concerns fell into two categories: political and medical. Then, face-to-face conversations with some of the physicians attending the

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27 Nov 2017

BTG GETS CPT CODES FOR VARITHENA AS OF JAN. 1; MEDTRONIC VENASEAL GETS MORE FAVORABLE CODES

By Larry Storer The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published the final fee schedule for new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Category 1 codes for BTG International’s  Varithena procedures, and changed CPT codes for Medtronic’s VenaSeal, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The new codes for Varithena, which close veins

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02 Nov 2017

NH takes med license from elderly doc not using computer

An 85-year-old doctor went to court Nov. 3 to keep her medical license, which is at risk because she doesn’t use computers and therefore can’t comply with the use of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Anna Konopka, MD and a general practitioner in New London, N.H., was told to stop

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02 Nov 2017

American Vein adds new physician to its phlebology staff

John Joseph Randono, MD, has joined the phlebology staff of American Vein & Vascular Institute, a network of eight vein and arterial diagnosis and treatment centers in Colorado and Texas. Dr. Randono has more than 30 years medical experience, specifically as a cardiac and thoracic vascular surgeon, and as a

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